What It Takes To Be A Base

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Being a base is not all fun and games, you need to be strong and committed to catching your flyer all the time. You need to be able to execute the stunts perfectly or else your flyer will not succeed. However, don’t let me discourage you because being a base can be an extremely rewarding position.

When you first become a base, it’s going to be difficult, very difficult, until you build up the strength you need. After that, you can have fun trying whatever new stunts you want to! A good way to prepare is by working out daily. Before I was a base I worked out everyday lifting weights. I am so happy that I did that because now I am one of the strongest bases on my team and I can fill in for any girl on my team easily. Working out will make it so much easier for you and your muscles to adjust to this new lifestyle. You won’t get frustrated because you can do it, but if you can’t, you know that you’ll get there if you keep working hard.

When you actually start basing, you need to communicate. If your flyer, other base, or backspot is doing something wrong, make sure you politely tell them. It’s important to communicate so everyone can work together instead of doing their own thing. Without a base, the stunt wouldn’t go anywhere. Another piece of advice I have is try your best not to get frustrated with your stunt group. You are going to get kicked, punched, slapped, bitten, and anything else you can think of, but you have to be able to stay positive the entire time. If you become frustrated then so will your other base, and then your back spot, and then your flyer. Frustration is definitely contagious so try your hardest to keep a positive attitude.

The last piece of advice I have for you is to be proud of yourself. It’s hard to lift girls in the air while they move around and lift one leg up. You should be so proud of yourself at the end of the day because you’re pushing yourself to become stronger and to do things you probably never though you would do. When you’re at practice having a hard time hitting a stunt, remember the feeling you get when your stunt finally hits and how proud you were. Use that feeling to motivate yourself to work 10x harder. Basing is hard work but I promise that it is worth it in the end.

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Valerie Adams

Valerie is currently a varsity cheerleader for Christian High School in California. She began cheering two years ago and has since grown a love for the sport. Valerie enjoys stunting with her team and values the many friendships she has made with the cheerleaders on her team.

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